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BIGHEC39's picture
August 29, 2014 at 11:13am
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Hello,

 

Let me Start off by saying hello to my 11W family!, and thank you very much for what you guys do……  Every day I go to work, I always look forward to reading any new updates on 11W.com.  I love the skull session, Q&A or any type of Recruiting updates, which are always my favorite. You guys make my day every day and make the day go by really fast while at work (It’s Awesome). Sometimes you relieve some of my stress from some of the articles that I read on 11W.com and sometimes you also give me a lot of stress from some of the articles that I read on 11W.com, but nonetheless its always awesome to read…… I always get hyped when I hear good news about a four or five Star recruit committing to the good guys and get really bummed out when we lose out on a good recruit, especially when I feel that we had a really good chance at getting one.  Most recently I was pretty down when Jamal Marcus left because I know the kid has great potential and would have been a good asset to the team.

 

(1995)

My name is Hector Diaz and I am from Corona CA and I have been an Ohio State Buckeye Fan since November 25, 1995.  I became a Buckeye fan in the weirdest and most bizarre way.  November 25, 1995 was one of the worst days of my life but at the same time became one of the best days of my life…  November 25, 1995 was the horrible day when The Ohio State Buckeyes were playing TTUN in Anne Arbor.  That was the day that Tim Biakabutuka ran for 313 yards against the good guys.  At that time I was a fourteen year old kid who really did not know much about football much less college football.  My dream growing up was to be a professional baseball player and to play for the LA Dodgers, But on this day of November 25th of 1995, some how some way I am in front of a Television in my living room at 9:00 Am just scanning through channels and I come across a football game on ABC.  This game that I came across had an awesome Pre game 1 minute film on the history about both teams and once I seen that 1 minute skit, I knew I going to be watching “The Game” in its entirety.  Because I was so new to this Game/Rivalry/College Football I did not know who to root for. I did not know who was who and what was what. All I knew is that one team was Blue and Yellow and the other team was white and grey.  As I am watching the game, it became apparent that it was going to be a long day for the Buckeye defense as Tim Biakabutuka was just Bull Dozing over the Buckeye Defense…..  I remember watching that whole game in my living room feeling so bad and so sorry for the Buckeyes because of the destruction one person in Tim Biakabutuka.  I remember feeling physically sad because the Buckeyes lost “The Game” and actually ruined my whole day….. All I could ever think about throughout that whole day is “The Game” and how The Buckeyes lost.  I also remember feeling so sad that I told myself that from that day forward I will now root for ‘The’ Ohio State Buckeyes and be a Buckeye fan….

 

That’s how I became a Buckeye Fan (Weird Ha)

 

(2007)

On October 13th, 2007 I finally got to experience an Ohio State Game for the first time.  Ohio State was hosting Kent St. in the Horseshoe and even though it was a blow out it was one of the best moments in my life.  I finally got to experience what the tradition of Ohio State is all about.  I got to see two of my Favorite Buckeyes of all time, James Laurinaitis & Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells Live.  The whole trip from LA to Columbus was so awesome, I was like a kid in the candy store.  I was accompanied by my wife who was my girlfriend at the time and even though she is a wanna be USC fan, she was definitely blown away by the atmosphere, the support and the love that the Ohio State Fans give to their Buckeyes.  The whole atmosphere from beginning to end is like no other, I can assure you that there is nothing like that around here is SoCal at the Coliseum or the Rose Bowl.  Being in Columbus and experiencing that with my wife was one of the best moments in my life.   My main goal is to be able to experience a scUM beat down at the Horseshoe with my Family…..

 

(2014)

This year! Which is the main reason why I am emailing 11W.com, I am making the trip back to Columbus for a game against VaTech on September 6th.  This trip will actually be a much more special trip then the last time even though the last trip was a trip of a life time.  I have a stepson by the name of Isaiah and the reason this trip is a much more special trip is because me and my wife have finally saved up enough money to make it a family trip instead of a couples trip like in 2007.  The kicker is that Isaiah has no Idea he is going to Columbus and we are going to make it a surprise on the day that we fly out, which will be on Wednesday night September 3rd.   Even though he is my stepson I still consider him as my own (he’s a good kid), especially since his father has never been in the picture.  When I met my wife in June of 2001, Isaiah was three years old and had no Idea who the Buckeyes were.  Over the years he has seen me bleed Scarlett & Gray and root for the Buckeyes which is when he started becoming a Buckeye fan himself.

 

In 2004, I suffered my first anxiety attack and found out that I suffer from Anxiety & Depression…. There have been some low and dark days in the last ten years with the anxiety and depression that I go through, and over the years it has been a struggle to cope with but overall I’ve been able to control and maintain it.  I would always use my family (Mainly my Mom and my Sisters) and sports to get me through the tough times.  Now that Isaiah is sixteen years old and is now going into his senior year of High School, we want to make this a memorable year for him and start up his school year with a bang by surprising him with this trip to Columbus  in September.  Now over the Last few years we have learned that Isaiah also suffers from Anxiety & Depression as well and there have been some sad and depressing moments for him as well.  Dealing with Anxiety & Depression is hard enough even as an adult but when you see your son dealing with it as well, it really feels like little needles being poked in your heart when you see him in that situation…  Isaiah like myself kind of uses sports to get him out of those dark moments.  He is a big Buckeye fan thanks to me.  His favorite players are Braxton Miller & Dontre Wilson on the Current team and he also likes Troy Smith, Terrelle Pryor and Tedd Ginn Jr. from previous teams.  He has seen me cheer for the Buckeyes ever since we’ve met each other, so that’s how he became a Buckeye Fanatic like myself.  In addition to liking the Buckeyes, He also Likes the Lakers, Yankees & New York Football Giants….. His favorite basketball players are Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson & JR Smith…..  It’s always a joy to see him happy even if it’s through sports….

 

(September 3, 2014) “The Surprise Plan”

On September 3rd we plan on surprising Isaiah about the trip to Columbus at the very last minute.  The plan is to treat that day as a regular day, For Example me & my wife are going to go to work as scheduled but getting out a little early around 3PM.  Isaiah gets out of school at 3PM and is usually home by 3:30 PM which is around the time that me & my wife should be home by.  Keep in mind that me and my wife will already have all of our stuff packed & ready to go and my wife will also secretly pack some of Isaiah’s stuff to have them ready to go as well.  Our flight leaves LAX at 11:05 PM and the plan is to be at LAX by 9:00PM.  In order to do that, we would have to leave our home in Corona at about 8:00 PM, which means that we would have to surprise Isaiah about the trip at about 6:00 PM.  This will give him a couple of hours to pack up his remaining things for the trip…… (and on our way we go to Columbus Ohio for an awesome time).  Ironically, we have a layover in Detroit, just miles away from where Tim Biakabutuka made me an Ohio State Buckeye Fan……  and you better believe that I will be wearing my Scarlett and gray through that airport…….   This should be fun….. I’m Excited, my wife is excited, I know that Isaiah is going to be absolutely stunned and will be in disbelief but at the same time extremely excited as well……  This will be good…….

 

(11Warriors Help)

Now the reason I am reaching out to 11W.com is because I need help once I get there to make this an experience of a lifetime for Isaiah……  I know how to get there and I know how to get to the game but I need places to see and things to do for three days, where we can all have a ball. I get there at 9:47 AM on Thursday morning and will be flying back to LAX on Sunday Morning at 6:55 AM. I was thinking, who better to ask then my buddies at 11W.com who provide us with these awesome articles for Buckeye Nation to read……. J.  So I was wondering, Since you guys are in Columbus and know about everything that’s in Columbus.  Maybe you guys can help me and direct me in the right direction on what types of activities that we can do, places that we can see, restaurants where we can eat at….  If you think that there are other things that we can do that you think that Isaiah might like, we would definitely love to know….. I’m just asking for your guy’s help to make this a special trip for my boy….. I’m sure you guys are busy with work, family and things of that nature but just know this, your help is greatly appreciated.   If you are not able to help, its ok., No Worries……  I will still bleed Scarlett & Gray, I will still log into 11W.com every morning and read your awesome articles and we will still beat the scUM out of scUM every November….

 

O-H-

 

I want to Thank You For Everything You Do.  You Guys Do A Great Job……  I Just Kind of Wanted To Share Our Story With You…….

 

P.S. Please Excuse my grammar, I know it’s not good

chicagobuckeye's picture

I know I could do the math, but how old is your stepson to get some ideas for you?

BIGHEC39's picture

My Lil Boy is 16, going to be 17 in October......

BigHec39

Sauce Bauss's picture

Go to the Skull Session 2 hours before kickoff at St John Arena. The band plays, the football team makes an appearance, and best of all...it's free!

+9 HS
BIGHEC39's picture

Nice, Thanks Buddy.......

BigHec39

+1 HS
Sauce Bauss's picture

Oh I forgot to say, seating is first come, first serve and seats fill up fast so try to get there early. Hope you and your family enjoy your time in Columbus!

BIGHEC39's picture

Thanks Buddy

BigHec39

+1 HS
Sims_tOSU's picture

I second this. I like standing in the hallway where they come in so you can get much closer to the players, coaches, and band. It's been about two years since I went so not sure if you can still do that. But I didn't meet Nate Williams parents that way. 

MichaelJ721984's picture

Go to the Columbus Zoo. Make a day of it. And since he's 16, it's about that time you take him to his first strip club...

+1 HS
BIGHEC39's picture

lol.... Maybe when we get back...... Im going to have his mom with us.......

BigHec39

+4 HS
GOSU's picture

LOL why go to a Columbus strip club when he has the Spearmint Rhino in LA.  

sjOH1OSt's picture

First of all, excellent depiction of what it means to be a "family man".  I'll keep both of you in my thoughts and prayers, in hopes that the anxiety and depression dissipates over time!

THE MUST VISIT:  Thurman's Café: Home of the BEST burgers I've ever had.  And a classic of Columbus.  This place typically has a long wait, so be ready for it.  If you go on game day, be prepared, you might need a nap afterwards!  Excellent. 

MY FAVORITE ON CAMPUS:  Hang-Over-Easy, on Neil Ave. between 12th and 11th avenue.  I go every Saturday gameday.  Check their hours, however.  Great place for breakfast, drinks, etc!  The atmosphere is great on game days!

Lastly, enjoy the game!  Make sure you find some tailgates to visit!  I'm sure you'll get plenty of help.  ENJOY COLUMBUS!

"Baby Godfather"

+5 HS
BIGHEC39's picture

Awesome, Thank You.......

BigHec39

+1 HS
BIGHEC39's picture

Awesome, Thank You.....

BigHec39

KBonay's picture

^^^^Thurmans! For sure. As a fellow SCal resident, this burger blows everything away that you can get out here. 

Also look for Schmidts in German Village. It's a staple of what authentic German food should be. At least go & get a cream puff. http://www.schmidthaus.com/

That red-eye flight sucks. Make sure you get rest on Friday. Because Saturday will be a long day. And 6 am return? Ouch. 

BIGHEC39's picture

Nice...... Im definitely going to try that.......

BigHec39

+1 HS
daytonbuckeye's picture

Don't forget one of these.

Clinger76's picture

I love schmidts. Everytime I go to C-Bus I get some Bahama Mamas to take home with me and a cream puff for my wifey. But, What exactly is this??^^^

"If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats, But if you take no risks, you will earn no victories."

daytonbuckeye's picture

That is was a growler of Elevator Brewing’s Schmidt’s Dark that I picked up last time the family and I were in Cbus. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to the opportunity to pick up several more. 

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Clinger76's picture

Have to try that out Sat. afternoon! Thanks

"If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats, But if you take no risks, you will earn no victories."

THE's picture

You should definitely spend some time on Hight St and Lane Ave on game day to soak up that atmosphere with your step son. 

Other than that, you should check out the German Village as mentioned above with Thurman's and Schmidts.  Easton is definitely worth taking your kid. If you're not familiar, it's an outdoor mall with a million shops and restaurants. Stop in at Homage and pick up some cool vintage OSU tees. 

You could hit up the Short North/Arena District and stop in at Jenis Ice cream. 

As a teenager though, he'll want to probably walk through the oval, hit the campus book store for gear and really just see High St and Lane Ave.  There's a ton of really cool areas of town, bars, microbrews etc but probably not appropriate for a teen. 

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

BIGHEC39's picture

Thank You Buddy.......

BigHec39

+2 HS
labuck's picture

Make sure you are in the stadium before the band runs down the ramp. That is always something special to behold and gives me goosebumps every time.

Everything above are great ideas and definitely things you should do.

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rosycheeks's picture

Anyone have the cliff notes version?

buckeyedexter's picture

Coming in from Cali for VT game with wife and 16 year old son, looking for things to do in Columbus.

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rosycheeks's picture

Got it, thanks. I suggest tweeting Andrew Sweat and Torrance Gibson to see what they're up to. 

BIGHEC39's picture

Oh man, I didnt even know Andrew Sweat was going to be there........ Awesome.......

BigHec39

+1 HS
1MechEng's picture

For something a little different and fun, why not try a Segway Tour of the city ...

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Faded Trey's picture

$57.50 + tax...ouch

BIGHEC39's picture

All the feed back is awesome...... Thank You all for all the great Ideas....... I really appreciate it....... Thank You.......

BigHec39

+2 HS
Jelligrim's picture

Drop into some tailgates and introduce yourself.  Our fans are the best for making visitors feel welcome.  Over by Fyffe and Woody Hayes just West of the River and everyone is very nice and keep things PG13 (for the most part). Just remember to be discreet with adult beverages while on campus.

NW Buckeye's picture

Many good suggestions here.  Concur with them all.  However, my favorite 'must do' when I travel back to Cbus (we live in Seattle) is to visit the Easy Living Deli which is owned and operated by Vlade Janakievski (place kicker 1977 - 1980).  As far as Deli fare, the food is quite good, but you really visit just for the atmosphere.  Many pics on the wall of players past and present.  They do a lot of catering for OSU teams.  Bit of a hectic rush at lunch hour, but well worth the wait.  Here is their web site link:

Easy Living Deli

 

Byaaaahhh's picture

Wow, great story. I hope this works out to be a great trip for you and your family. 

Thing about Columbus is that there's not always a lot to do. Great city, very comfortable, and I guess vibrant. But not that exciting. Most of the best things about it is the food. 

As comments above have noted, there are some iconic places around Columbus to eat: Hang Over Easy, Schmidt's, Jeni's, Thurman Cafe, etc. Definitely go to the first three. Classic campus breakfast spot for cheap, Schmidt's is classic German village, and Jeni's is widely regarded as the best ice cream in the country. While I'm not a big ice cream/sweets fan, I'm inclined to agree. The flavors are simply amazing. Katzinger's Deli is another great place in German village for deli sandwiches. Their "Bill, Gary and Beuford's Upper Yeugh Reuben" (just order #39) is one of the best sandwiches I've had in my life.

Thurman Cafe has a famous burger, also called The Thurman and an supersized version of that burger called the Thurmanator. I am sure my opinion will be unpopular here, but that place is severely overrated. It's more of an attraction than a restaurant because while I would try the burger once just to see, it's not a great burger. I've been there about 3 times and my opinion has not changed. Not a bad place to visit still, but if you want a good burger maybe try something from here? http://www.columbusunderground.com/tag/burgers 

For tourism, the short north is great to browse around. North Market in the short north area is a phenomenal place to try a variety of foods at once (Jeni's and Katzinger's both have stalls there). Pistacia Vera is also great for macarons. Around the short north are a lot of boutique shops, galleries, etc. 

And campus is just a really nice (long) stroll. You could probably take about a 4-mile walk all around the central campus to see most of it. Lot of good sights. Mirror Lake, Thompson Library, the RPAC, Union, and Wexner Center are good visits. Not sure if your son wants to attend OSU or not, but it'd be a nice college visit! A lot of people don't think OSU's campus is that beautiful, but I love it here. Almost sad that I graduated...

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Jdadams01's picture

Lots of good stuff above. Another suggestion for Friday night, pick one of the local high schools and take your son to watch how Ohio does high school football.

For example, OSU commit Nick Conner and Dublin Coffman play at Dublin Scioto at 7:00pm.

Ohioste's picture

A few places I'd suggest trying to hit:

As mentioned above, Thurman's is a must. I didn't read through all the comments but the place is always packed. Expect to wait. Unless you decide you get there a few minutes before they open. 

Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill. While it doesn't quite have the appeal of the old Cafe, it's still has a ton of really nice historical items. It's nice to see. 

As mentioned above, make sure you are there for Skull Session. It's a must for me everytime I go to a game. Never gets old. 

Columbus has tons of shopping malls and they all have something for everyone. Polaris, imo, is the most ritzy, then Easton and Tuttle. All good malls and a lot of stores overlap. For 16, I'd say go to Easton. 

Thursday is a home Columbus Clippers game. The new stadium is nice and it's really nice area. My wife and I really enjoy the Brazilian steak house right around the corner, but it's not cheap. Rodizio Grill. 

OSU Forever's picture

Go to the Ohio Union on campus.  On the second floor you can see one of Archie's Heisman trophies.

Rob Reese's picture

Haha I enjoyed reading how you "became a fan".  Excellent!  Thanks for taking the time to put that together, very good stuff.  

If you need italics to understand or imply sarcasm, then you're doing it wrong.

Mr. Bungle's picture

This thread made me think of my first time in the Shoe.  What an experience for a first-timer!

BIGHEC39's picture

Thank You All For your Feed Back........ I really Appreciate it.......

BigHec39

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Ohio Guy in Jersey's picture

You can also check out Buckeye Grove which you'll find just south of the South Stands. It will give him an even better sense of the history of Ohio State football.

Get a pic of the Lane Avenue bridge too. It's the coolest small bridge I've ever seen.

GOSU's picture

Eddie George's is a favorite on campus......

Definitely check out the Buckeye Grove and stop by a couple of tailgates.  

The arena district and short north are both really nice.  However, I like the German Village.  I'd strongly recommend Schmidts.  The autobahn buffet is really good, as are the menu items.  

Katzinger's is a great deli.

I'd suggest planning on walking around the campus on Saturday.  You are bound to find a lot of stuff to do, plus you will soak up a great atmosphere.